Classic Airframes' recent 1/48 scale Westland Wyvern comes with a
one-piece spinner that has both rows of propeller blades lined up
behind each other. While this is certainly a possible configuration,
it might be argued that a staggered configuration would show off the
eight big propeller blades to better effect.
Airwaves now offers a simple, well detailed method to display
this configuration with their new 1/48 scale Wyvern "Split" Spinner.
Airwaves' split spinner is supplied in four resin parts. These
are the fixed base, the central spinner and the forward spinner cap
plus a propeller shaft.
The set is very well thought out. All the spinner parts have been
cast with the hole for the propeller shaft in place, so there is no
potential for error in lining up the holes. The spinner is also
pre-drilled for the propeller blades from the Classic Airframes kit.
The forward spinner cap is cast onto offset narrow strips which
are very simple to snip off and clean up with a hobby knife. The two
other spinner sections have a thin casting block on that can
be sanded flat in a few minutes. I used a piece of Tamiya 180 grade
abrasive paper taped to a flat piece of perspex for this task.
Once the parts are cleaned up, assembly is very simple - just
thread the parts onto the supplied prop shaft.
Casting is of a very high standard but there are a few tiny pin
holes around the rim of the forward spinner cap. These should be
filled and sanded smooth before assembly.
The parts are securely packed in Airwaves' usual blister
No instructions are supplied, but anyone with even slight
experience with resin accessories should not have any trouble
figuring out the sequence of cleanup and assembly.
Airwaves' 1/48 scale Wyvern "Split" Spinner is a handy accessory
that will lend extra character to the beefy Classic Airframes kit.
Hannants for the review sample
Airwaves products are
available online from Hannants'
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